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Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at Smash Ultimate Summit 2. The 16-man invitational concluded on Oct. 27 at the Summit Gaming House in Los Angeles, California.
MkLeo used a mix of characters throughout the tournament. In pools, he beat Paris “Light” Ramirez using Joker and Adam “Armada” Lindgren using Marth. However, his Marth lost to Eric “ESAM” Lew, causing MkLeo to lose his status as the No. 1 seed. Of course, everyone advanced out of pools on winners side, so MkLeo was merely faced with a more difficult bracket.
Despite his loss in pools, MkLeo looked dominant in Smash Ultimate Summit 2’s main bracket. He reached Winner Semis with a pair of 3-0 victories over Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey and Tyler “Marss” Martins. However, he then lost to Ezra Samsora Morris and was sent to the losers bracket.
MkLeo was able to make his way back to Samsora after a strong run through the losers bracket. He won sets over Takuma “Tea” Hirooka, Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís, and Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada. Then MkLeo exacted revenge in Grand Finals, winning six games straight over Samsora to win Smash Ultimate Summit 2.
With this tournament victory, MkLeo is the back-to-back Smash Ultimate Summit champion. In addition, this was MkLeo’s first major tournament victory in the United States since Super Smash Con 2019 in August.
Other results from Smash Ultimate Summit 2
Samsora finished third in his pool because he lost to Maister, causing him to enter the bracket as a low seed. Despite this, he had a strong run to Smash Ultimate Summit 2 Grand Finals on winners side. Along the way, Samsora beat Tea, Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby, MkLeo, and Nairo. Interestingly, Samsora and Nairo did a reverse mains match in game one of Winners Finals. In this match, Samsora used Palutena to defeat Nairo’s Daisy.
Maister has continued to prove his ability to compete with the best players in the world, placing 4th at Smash Ultimate Summit 2. He earned wins over Samsora and Randy “RFang” Fang in pools. Then in the main bracket, he defeated James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson, Antony “MuteAce” Hoo, and ESAM. Interestingly, Maister prompted both Samsora and ESAM to switch off of their mains and play Zero Suit Samus against him.
ESAM had a strong performance in pools, advancing as the No. 1 seed after beating MkLeo, Light, and Armada. However, ESAM then lost his first match of the main bracket to MuteAce. Nevertheless, ESAM put together a strong losers run in order to finish in 5th place. He defeated VoiD, Dabuz (the only other person to go 3-0 in pools), and Sota “Zackray” Okada.
William “Leffen” Hjelte only won a single set at Smash Ultimate Summit 2. However, this win happened to be against Tweek, the Spring 2019 PGRU’s No. 2 player in the world. This victory prompted Andrew “PracticalTAS” Nestico to ask Twitter if Leffen would be ranked on the upcoming PGRU. Leffen also boasts wins over Maister, Saleem “Salem” Young, and Troy “Puppeh” Wells.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.